It's Midwest Clinic week!! We're so excited to meet all of you who will be attending this year's conference.
This Thursday at 1pm, the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Wind Symphony will be giving the world premiere of MCI composer Harrison J. Collins's "O rose of May," a brand-new work for concert band that was commissioned as part of a joint consortium with fellow MCI composers Caleb Hammer and Josh Trentadue. Watch below to learn more about Harrison's new piece, and be sure to check out the concert later this week!
"The idea to write this new piece for saxophone quartet just suddenly came to me one day. Often times, inspiration just comes to me at random moments and this piece was no exception. Having written for saxophone quartet in the past, it was nice to write for an instrumentation again that I was familiar with.
The concept for Converging Spectrums was the idea of having different spectrums of color and sound combine, twist, change, and ultimately, converge. There are many things you can do with saxophones to change the color, and so that was something I wanted to explore with this piece. I wanted to push myself to see how I could write for this concept and effectively communicate what I was hearing in my head.
A big challenge for this piece was finishing the entire thing. I was working on two different commissions at the same time (a concerto and a high school band piece), and so it was hard for me to focus on writing the other movements without this saxophone quartet work sounding like the other two pieces. With this piece, however, I wanted the audience to just listen to how its musical ideas weave in and out, and how its melodic ideas change shape.
I hope to have the completed work finished by 2019."
RSVP to this special event today!
This year, we received over 30 outstanding applications from AROUND THE WORLD in our call for new members. From this pool, we have officially made our final decision.
Our current members include:
Josh Trentadue (founder, executive board member) - New York
Duncan Petersen-Jones (executive board member) - Michigan
Caleb Hammer (executive board member) - Michigan
Chris Evan Hass - Michigan
And now, introducing our newest members of the Millennium Composers Initiative!!
Harrison J. Collins - Texas
Ali Balighi - Iran
Quinn Mason - Texas
Casey Thomas - California
Helen He - Ohio
Isaac Mayhew - Minnesota
SiHyun Uhm - New York
Kevin Day - Texas
Jordan VanHemert - Illinois
Congratulations to all of you, and we're so excited to have you join us!
Thank you so much to everyone who submitted an application this year. We're so excited to have been able to outreach this opportunity all across the globe, and we hope to be able to continue to do this with future calls (and other opportunities) in the years to come.
Some exciting announcements for the initiative will be coming soon. Stay tuned!